ES Group is a well-respected, 260-strong, consultancy-led business with a major presence in many UK regions. The firm is a market leader in providing valuation and corporate recovery advice to banks and accountancy firms and is also at the forefront of the fast-growing alternatives market, particularly in hotels, healthcare and education.
Entering alternative markets
Ezra Nahome, CEO of Lambert Smith Hampton, said: “We are on a mission to build the nation's most progressive commercial property agency, and are investing in areas where we believe we can add value for our clients. Bringing ES Group into the Lambert Smith Hampton fold is aligned with this objective, enabling us to enter important markets and fast track our investment in priority services.
“Bringing together ES Group’s highly-skilled consultancy teams with our established agency and transactional specialisms makes for a powerful combination. The addition of ES Group enables our clients to access alternative sectors and accelerates our planned investment, particularly in our rating, building consultancy and valuation teams.
“The acquisition reinforces our commitment to the UK regions, building on our existing national offer and strengthening our presence in markets such as the North East. In this regard, it is a natural follow-up to our acquisition of BTWShiells last summer, which expanded our footprint into Northern Ireland."
Reinforcing regional presence
Nick Boyd - formerly Senior Partner at ES Group, who will become head of the rating and alternative investments teams at Lambert Smith Hampton - said: “The deal has a compelling rationale: we’re joining a company with likeminded individuals, complementary skills and similar ambitions. The combined business has a broader platform with exceptional consultancy and agency teams, and an on-the-ground presence in every major UK region.
“Having seen what Lambert Smith Hampton has achieved since it acquired BTWShiells last summer, we are relishing the task of helping one of the country’s fastest growing consultancies to continue to deliver its exciting expansion plans.”